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Black ice causes dozens of 'nasty' accidents


MORGAN COUNTY, Ky., (WKYT/WYMT) - A SUV wrapped itself around a tree about 100 feet away from a Morgan County highway Thursday morning.

Michael Griffitts runs Anytime Towing in West Liberty. He sized up the wreck, brainstorming how they could move the SUV back across two fences to the road.

"It's nasty, it's pretty nasty," said Griffitts.

He says nasty patches of black ice on the road are causing nasty car accidents.

"Since 6 o’clock we haven't stopped, just one right after another," he said.

The owner of Jerry’s Towing says he saw 25 cars crash on Mountain Parkway Thursday.

He says there were also several pileups, one involved as many as 10 cars.

"People seem to think that if they have four-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive they can travel much easier on ice. But that's one thing you have to understand, ice doesn't discriminate on what kind of vehicle you're driving," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Joe Veeneman.

He says the slick stuff is tricky stuff and says if you’re looking for proof, you don’t need to look past the bits and pieces of crashed vehicles that litter the side of the road.

For those cleaning up the mess, such as Griffitts, it’s dangerous in or out of the car.

"I almost wrecked a couple of times myself sliding across the road and I had a bad fall myself this morning, I'm still sore," he said.

But he can't take a break because as soon as he finishes cleaning up one wreck another call for help comes in.

He says he hasn’t seen drivers sliding off slick roads like this in nearly two years.

Griffitts said, "This is the busiest I've been since the tornado hit West Liberty."

According to Morgan County dispatch, two people were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.


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